Living Arrows | Six

The dreaded soft play. I’ve read the horror stories, the MumsNet threads and tried to avoid it for as long as possible.. Alas, one windy afternoon last week, it was time.

The soft play in our town has a baby area for under 4’s, and a huge area for bigger children on the other side of the seating area. BB explored the baby area, and attempted to empty the ball pool one by one before setting his eyes on the bigger space. Seeing him go in with his Dad was a really heartwarming scene — Mike carrying him up to the big slide, before popping him on his knee and holding little BB as they slid to the ground.

My little adrenaline junkie loved it! He went on a few more times with Mike, then I exhausted myself inside and had a few turns with him. He’s at the stage where he doesn’t have a care in the world at how loud he is, shouting and squealing happily no matter where he is or what time it may be — he echoed around the soft play.

He’s still incredibly unsettled at night, so I try get him out during the day to try and wear him out a little bit. That works in getting him to sleep, but doesn’t stop him waking sometimes every hour, sadly, I think I’ve said this in every Living Arrows entry so far but I’m looking forward to this phase being over!

Living Arrows

Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood and its trials & tribulations. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and each Monday I’m going to share a moment from our week. Over the course of 52 weeks, I’ll have a series of snapshots built up which shows my little boy blossoming!

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  • Is there something specific that could be bothering him at night? Reflux? Nightmares? Uncomfortable pillow? I’m sure you’ve tried everything anyway but just thought I’d throw a few suggestions at you on the off chance something might help! xx

    • Nothing I can put my finger on! He’s never suffered with reflux, and doesn’t have a pillow as he’s a little young. Nightmares I’m unsure of as I’m pretty sure he has them some nights but not all. I’m going to see the breastfeeding team on Friday and discuss it with them as I have a feeling they’ll tell me it’s comfort feeding!

  • We’re still having sleep issues too. B slept through a few nights ago, which gave me hope, but alas it hasn’t been repeated. I hope you get some quality sleep soon! #LivingArrows

    • People often lament about all the germs 🦠 potentially at soft play (although BB was one of ‘those’ babies trying to eat the plastic ball!) and unsupervised children! We did have one brush with a little girl who followed BB and his Dad into the ‘big’ play area… My MIL ended up carrying her back to the entrance of the ‘big’ area where her Grandma looked up from chatting/her coffee and quickly rushed over claiming she didn’t know she’d gone in. When we left, we heard her looking for the little girl again — she just let her roam. 🙈

  • My three eldest love soft play. I’ve taken Imogen a few times but never ventured into the big part – maybe we need too. Hope you manage to get through this phase quickly. I found Imogen started sleeping through when I fed her and her Dad got her to sleep and put her to bed – is this possible?

  • I have a love hate relationship with soft play. The children have always loved it and I’ve enjoyed it more from the age where I didn’t actually have to go in the soft play with them! Even now – at 7 and 5 – they love time at soft play and we’ll have visits during school holidays so they can play and I can work x

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